Moorman joined the Tornado staff as an assistant men's wrestling coach prior to the 2007 season and has been the only coach of the nationally known women's wrestling program since it's inception in 2009. Over that time, the Tornado women have won eight national titles, four NWCA National Duals and four WCWA national championships.
He took over the men's program from his brother, Nate Moorman, in 2014-15, and the Tornado have had at least one NCAA Men's Wrestling Championships qualifier four of the five years he was been at the helm. King twice had two All-Americans under Moorman, the second and third times in program history.
Athlete Honors - Women
- 1 U.S. Olympian
- 1 WCWA Wrestler of the Year
- 7 four-time WCWA All-Americans
- 9 WCWA Scholar-Athletes
- 19 U.S. Olympic Trials participants
- 20 WCWA national champions
- 100 WCWA All-Americans
- 3 WCWA Coach of the Year awards
- 8 WCWA Team Scholastic Awards
- Earned his 100th career win in 2017 at the NWCA National Duals
- 4 NWCA National Dual Championships (2014-17)
- 2 NWCA National Dual runner-up (2012, 2019)
- 4 WCWA National Championships (2014-17)
- 1 WCWA National Championships runner-up (2012)
Year-By-Year Season Recaps
2018-19: King started the season with a runner-up finish at the NWCA National duals, falling to top-ranked McKendree in the final. King posted a 10-3 record in duals and had eight WCWA All-Americans.
2017-18: The Tornado posted a dual record of 13-2, and finished fifth at the NWCA National Duals. King also came in with a sixth place finish at the WCWA National Championships and had seven All-Americans, including one national champion.
2016-17: A memorable year for wrestling as King had their first wrestler to compete at the Olympic Games when Haley Augello competed for the United States in Rio. King then went on to win their fourth straight NWCA National Duals title in January and followed that with their fourth WCWA national title a month later. King had nine All-Americans and three individual national champions at the WCWA National Championships. In June, the Tornado were recognized with a Champion Within award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, earning the "Champions As Pioneers" distinction. Moorman also earned his 100th career win when King defeated Life in the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals.
2015-16: As they were for the previous two years, the Tornado were ranked atop the WCWA poll for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, and they lived up to the billing, taking their third straight NWCA National Duals and WCWA national championships. As they did the season prior, King took on second-ranked Oklahoma City in the NCWA National Duals championship bout, and the Tornado avenged an early season loss to the Stars with a 27-19 victory to take their third straight title. A month later, King duplicated the feat, winning their third straight WCWA national championship, defeating second play Oklahoma City by 17.5 points. King had 11 All-Americans and Marina Doi, Samantha Klingel, and Forrest Molinari also took home individual national titles.
Following the collegiate season, King had 13 former or current wrestler compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the second most competitors of any school, which included men's teams. Alli Ragan finished runner-up at 58 kilograms while Haley Augello won the championship at 48 kilograms and later qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games with a runner-up finish in Mongolia.
2014-15: King was again ranked No. 1 in the WCWA Preseason Coaches' Poll and they stayed there all season long. The Tornado cruised their second straight NWCA National Duals championship, defeating No. 2 Oklahoma City 24-17 in the finals. One month later, King again repeated, this time at the WCWA National Championships. King had four individuals take national championships and 13 earned All-American honors while the Tornado had the team title wrapped up before the championship matches started. The Tornado posted 269 points, obliterating the second place team by 73 points en route to their second straight WCWA national championship.
2013-14: The Tornado were unstoppable as they were ranked No. 1 for the second straight year in the preseason poll, and remained there all season long. King won all five of their duals throughout the season, including three straight victories at the NWCA National Duals Championship to take their the title, their first since the inception of the program in 2009. They defeated defending WCWA national champion Simon Fraser University 21-19 in the finals to take the title. Only two weeks later, King captured yet another national title, the illusive WCWA crown. The Tornado trailed nemesis Oklahoma City University going into the finals, but King came storming back with six women in the finals. Haley Augello, Sarah Hildebrandt, and Alli Ragan all captured titles at their respective weight classes before Julia Salata capped the team title with a 5-1 decision over her competitor from Oklahoma City. In all, four Tornado captured individual titles, two finished as runners-up, 14 were named All-Americans and Moorman was named WCWA Coach of the Year.
2012-13: King was the preseason No. 1 ranked team in 2013 with hopes of claiming their first national title in their own gym at the WCWA National Championships. However, King came up just short, finishing in third place. The Tornado had a school record 14 individuals earn All-American status while Alli Ragan and Kat Perez both won individual national titles. King also earned the WCWA Team Scholastic award for the second straight year and Victoria Nguyen was named the 2013 Scholar-Athlete.
2011-12: Moorman and the Tornado reached new heights of success after much of the previous year’s roster returned and a few new faces help guide the team to it's highest WCWA ranking in its history, topping out at No. 2 overall. King hosted the 2011 WCWA National Championships and gave the hometown crowd a finish to cheer for as they watched Emily Martin (109 lb.) and newcomer Krista Revelle (136 lb.) win national championships in their respective weight classes while two more were crowned runners-up. The Tornado finished second overall as a team, their highest finish at Nationals ever.
2010-11: Moorman watched as senior Emily Martin was awarded the 2011 WCWA Wrestler of the Year honor, the highest accolade in women’s collegiate wrestling. Thirteen of his wrestlers were named WCWA All-Americans following the National Championship, one was named to the WCWA Scholar-Athlete Team, and King was recognized with a WCWA Team Scholastic Award.
The team’s successes continued to pour in after the 2011 collegiate season as six qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, held in Iowa City, Iowa. Three were named to the World Junior team to represent the United States after taking first place at the Body Bar National Championships. Three more were named to the U.S. Junior Pan-Am team where two took home a gold medal at the games held in Guatemala in June 2012.
2009-10: In just its first season of existence, King made a statement by finishing 10th at the 2009 WCWA National Championships and had three team members named All-Americans under Moorman. In 2010, he helped train the College’s first-ever national champion in Marina Lambert (197 lb.). Under his guidance, Lambert did not surrender a single point in her undefeated, championship-winning season and the Tornado finished fourth at the 2010 WCWA National Championships. He also helped train Alli Ragan toward a Body Bar National Tournament victory to secure her spot on the United States Junior World Team and earn the College’s first World medal, earning the bronze at 63 kg (139 lb.).
Athlete Honors - Men
- 4 All-Americans
- 5 wrestlers have been ranked in at least one poll
- 2 All-South Atlantic Conference Carolinas selections
- 7 All-ECAC selections
- At least one national qualifier in four straight years from 2015-19
- Ranked in four polls, reached as high as 19th in 2016-17
- 19th place finish at the NCAA Division II Men's Wrestling Championships in 2017-18
Year-By-Year Season Recaps
2018-19: The Tornado received votes in every week of the NWCA Coaches' Poll, but couldn't break through into the rankings. Elijah Seay and Kody Eichlin both qualified for the NCAA Wrestling National Championships and were selected first team all-conference. King ended the season with a dual record of 6-4, going 3-3 in conference matches.
2017-18: King won their first six duals of the season, winning the Virginia Duals championship in the process. That marked the first Virginia Duals title in program history. The Tornado finished their ECAC schedule with a record of 3-3. King had three placers at the NCAA Super Region II Championships, with Bryce Killian and Dustin Kirk each qualifying for the NCAA Men's Wrestling Championships for the second straight year. The duo became the first wrestlers in program history to earn All-American honors in back-to-back seasons. Killian became the first Tornado to be a national qualifier for three straight years.
2016-17: was another improvement, qualifying two wrestlers for the NCAA National Championships, Bryce Killian for the second straight year and Dustin Kirk. Both wrestlers took runner-up finishes at the Super Region II Championships to qualify for the national championships. Kirk came home with a third place finish, the highest finish ever by a Tornado, while Killian finished seventh to give King two All-Americans. With those two finishes, King finished 21st in the country.
2015-16: The Tornado men continued to improve and sent their fifth wrestler in program history to the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Bryce Killian became the first Tornado to qualify for the event since four wrestlers did in 2012-13. Killian posted a record of 30-5 and finished third at the regional to qualify for the national championships. Andrew Lutterloh came up just short of a trip to the national championships, finishing fifth at the regional. 2015-16 was also King's first year as members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as they were inaugural members. Killian and Luttherloh both earned all-conference honors while Killian earned wrestler of the month honors on February 4. Lutterloh was also selected D2Wrestle.com Region Wrestler of the Week on November 17.
2014-15: King earned three wins in dual matches as they faced a tough schedule. Two of those wins came back-to-back at the end of the season, topping Belmont Abbey 34-15 and coming back from 21-6 down to win at Limestone 22-21. At the NCAA Regional, King placed 11th and was led by Landon Reed who finished sixth, leaving him one spot short of advancing to the NCAA National Championships.
As an Assistant
Moorman joined the King Men's Wrestling staff as an assistant coach in 2007. Moorman joined his younger brother, Nate, who had been named to head the new program the in 2006. After just two years at King, Moorman helped the program meet early success coaching four NAIA All-Americans including one national finalist at the NAIA National Championships. The Tornado reached a team ranking as high as 13th in the country and finished in the top-10 academically.
Prior to King
He began his coaching career establishing a program at Union County High School (Maynardville, Tenn.) in 2000. In a short time, Moorman was able to coach two Tennessee state champions, one finalist, and two additional state medalists.
After coaching at Union County, Moorman moved on and took the reigns as head coach at Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn). Though Moorman spent only one season there before making the transition to coaching at the college level, he was able to leave a mark coaching three state medalists in 2007.
Moorman made his transition to the collegiate ranks by becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater, Carson-Newman College for two seasons. While with the Eagles he focused on C-N’s recruitment efforts.
A graduate of Carson-Newman, he has spent time as a technician and counselor for prominent college and national camps. He resides with his wife Amanda and daughters Blakley and Mackenzie Jo in Chuckey, Tenn.